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WHO estimated the cost of combating coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The World Health Organization will need $ 61.5 million to combat the spread of the outbreak of the new 2019-nCov coronavirus in the next 3 months, the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva said Tuesday at the 146th session.

In particular, according to WHO estimates, $ 12 million will be needed to quickly establish international coordination of operations to control the spread of the virus, and $ 45 million will be needed to assess countries’ preparedness for the epidemic and their surgical intervention. Another 4.5 million will be needed for research and innovation.

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country. Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

The number of people infected in China exceeded 20.4 thousand people, 425 died. Almost 150 more people fell ill outside this country, one of them died. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international concern.

The first two cases of coronavirus were detected last week in the Russian Federation, in the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Tyumen Region, both of them were Chinese citizens.

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